noun, often attributive
war·​rior | \ ˈwȯr-yər How to pronounce warrior (audio) , ˈwȯr-ē-ər, ˈwär-ē- also ˈwär-yər\

Definition of warrior

: a person engaged or experienced in warfare broadly : a person engaged in some struggle or conflict poverty warriors

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Examples of warrior in a Sentence

a proud and brave warrior a program of tough training and discipline that turns untried civilians into warriors

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Was there really any doubt that Shaft’s mighty seed would produce another warrior? Kerry Lengel, Detroit Free Press, "Tired ‘Shaft’ franchise tries to remain relevant," 13 June 2019 Meals Included:Breakfast Accommodations:Hotel Monterey Kyoto Day 10: Kyoto Unleash your inner warrior this morning with a lesson on samurai swordplay. National Geographic, "Japan Family Journey: From Ancient to Modern Times," 12 June 2019 The defleshed and painted human skulls, meant to be worn around the neck as pendants, were buried with a warrior over a thousand years ago at Pacbitun, a Maya city. Gabriel D. Wrobel, The Conversation, "Trophies made from human skulls hint at regional conflicts around the time of Maya civilization’s mysterious collapse," 10 June 2019 Tickets are available at kypride.com. 2019 Kentuckian Pride Festival lineup Grammy winner Daya and digital warrior princess Mykki Blanco are set to headline the 19th annual Kentuckiana Pride Festival. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "Everything you need to know about the 2019 Kentuckiana Pride Festival," 10 June 2019 The footage showed new Star Wars protagonist Cal Kestis (Gotham's Cameron Monaghan), a young Padawan warrior living in the dangerous time after Emperor Palpatine executed Order 66 to kill all Jedis in the galaxy. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order' Director Explains 'Zelda' Influences, Game's Difficulty," 8 June 2019 The festival is the brainchild of former Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg, who has turned away from the gas-guzzling life of an F1 driver to become an eco warrior. Matias Grez, CNN, "Volocopter: The world's first flying taxi, coming to the sky near you soon," 7 June 2019 The British warrior has been granted the highest U.S. bravery award, the Medal of Honor, and the U.S. soldier was awarded the U.K. equivalent, the Victoria Cross. Alex Morales, Bloomberg.com, "President Sees Trade Deal If U.K. Loses Shackles: Trump Update," 3 June 2019 While Rosalía’s nails are studded with roses (in a play on her name), the members of her beauty gang’s warrior-esque manicures are decorated with thorns, and some of the extras’ nails have petals on them. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "In Rosalía’s New Video, Gilded Rose-Adorned Nail Sculptures Take Center Stage," 31 May 2019

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First Known Use of warrior

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for warrior

Middle English werreour, from Anglo-French *werreier, guerreier, from warreier, guerreier to wage war, from werre war — more at war

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The first known use of warrior was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of warrior

: a person who fights in battles and is known for having courage and skill


war·​rior | \ ˈwȯr-yər How to pronounce warrior (audio) , ˈwȯr-ē-ər\

Kids Definition of warrior

: a person who is or has been in warfare

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